Date: between 11/15/93 and 06/14/94 (probably in or about April)
Setting: Senior year of high school--written as part of a poetry unit in English class.
Form: haiku (technically speaking it merely follows the 5-7-5 syllabic three line criteria for a haiku, which means haiku is a tad incorrect)
In the thick moonlight,
a mourning dove sings its song,
while death takes its toll.
I know the title was not very creative. I should probably take the time to reevaluate and perhaps find a more appropriate title, but....
When I first started exploring poetry as an outlet, I wasn't very good about dating things. Luckily, I was good at maintaining chronological order. The poem directly following this--which I also wrote as part of English class--is called Earthday (again not very creative on the title front for this acrostic poem). Given that Earth Day is in April, I can say with some certainty that this was written in or about that month.
One of the reasons I chose this poem as my first Time Capsule entry was because of my English class. As part of a culminating activity, each member of the class was asked to write one of their poems on a blank sheet of white paper. We then all sat around in a circle, passed the poems around, and comment on them. As I mentioned in my last post, I have never really been big on the whole sharing thing. I actually had two poems sent around. In inevitably I will probably share the other one as well.
Artifact I: Original poem written on yellow paper during class.
Artifact II: The results of sending my poem around the circle of classmates.